By Jiří Weil
First-class booklet concerning the Nazi-occupation of Prague. Even after studying loads of literature of the camps and in regards to the destiny of these in Nazi-occupied Europe, there have been passages during this book--particularly the end--that made very tough reading.
It is difficult for me to place my finger on Weil's skill to nonetheless make his topic so emotionally strong. with no rereading any of his books, i might say that--in this book--by juxtaposing the comedian, bumbling activities of Czech collaborators and Nazis with the plight of the Jewish inhabitants made the latter the entire extra gripping.
thorough, revealing description from amazon reviewer:
The novel starts off in Nazi-occupied Prague, quickly after the invasion of Russia. There are the 9 months while "the Butcher of Prague", Reinhardt Heydrich, as Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, governed with bare terror. He observed Bohemia as an historical German land, had utter contempt for the Czechs and was once one of many major architects of the "Final Solution": the Jews have been already herded into ghettoes; Theresienstadt had already been changed into a conserving quarter from which many Jews have been despatched to the gasoline chambers of Auschwitz. Weil has Heydrich remorse that during his current place he might in basic terms set up the liquidation of the Jews rather than having the ability, as prior to, to take part for my part within the violence. After Heydrich used to be assassinated, the fear intensified even more.
The ebook portrays the brutality and forms of the regime; the infighting in the diversified Nazi gurus; how the Nazis terrify one another virtually up to they terrify the folk of Prague, as while an order given by way of Heydrich couldn't be instantly conducted. the sort of orders were to take away the statue of Mendelssohn from the roof of the Prague Academy of track whilst none of his underlings knew which of the various statues used to be that of Mendelssohn. Such occasions are farcical; yet we're left in without doubt that there has been by no means whatever humorous within the consequence, as we persist with the precarious lives of numerous Jews and Czechs. Many have perforce to collaborate with the Germans or even take a few delight in it; others reproach themselves bitterly; a number of courageously have interaction in resistance. because the ebook progresses, it turns into darker and darker because the farcical parts are left in the back of. We circulate to Theresienstadt, the place the Germans compelled Jews to pick different Jews to do negative issues to but different Jews. And the agony, there and in Prague, maintains correct as much as the time, within the final pages, while the Soviets force the Germans out of Czechoslovakia. the various Nazis' sufferers had long gone to their deaths bravely, realizing that, even though they wouldn't dwell to determine it, the Germans may definitely be defeated.
Weil wrote not just as a Jew, but additionally as a lover of Czechoslovakia.